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severe-headachesDifferent Kinds of Headaches

Does your head feel the way a cat sounds with a rocking chair on it's tail? Did you wake up to a hangover headache, but without the party? Does all the throbbing, stabbing, spinning, and squeezing pressure rival any of the SAW films you wish you could un-see? You might be experiencing any number of severe headaches, and while only a doctor can diagnose and prescribe treatment, below are some headache symptoms that may help identify your cranial crushers.

What Kind of Headache do I Have?

Tension Headaches

Also known as stress headaches, tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headache. They can be hard to identify because of the plethora of symptoms. Tension headaches can be caused by muscle strain due to overexertion, or sleeping in a strange position, overexposure to cold, or injury. Tension headaches can also be caused by stress, or sitting in the same position for a long time, excessive caffeine or cigarette use, a sinus infection, or thinking about headaches too much! Often tension headaches can be treated at home, but if they occur with any regularity you should consult your doctor.

Vascular Headaches

Vascular Headaches is an umbrella phrase used to describe headaches caused by abnormal behavior of the blood vessels. These include cluster headaches, which are intense headaches on one side of the head that will be active for several days or a few weeks and then disappear for a time. Other vascular headaches may be caused by changes in blood pressure or toxic headaches, which are caused by illness such as the flu or pneumonia. The most common of vascular headaches is the dreaded migraine.

Migraine Headaches 

Migraines are the schadenfreude of the headache world because it seems like they often pair up with other headaches, and can even cause tension headaches. Unlike the tension headache, migraines are typically identified by the intense throbbing usually in one area of the head and can cause nausea and vomitting. Migraines are sometimes preceded by dizziness, and visual abnormalities such as spinning, flashing or blind spots. This may contribute to the extreme light and sound sensitivity that is typical of a migraine attack. It may be hard to find just the right combination of medicine and other measures to ease your migraines, so make sure to work with your doctor to find relief.

Rebound Headaches

Rebound headaches are tricky little pests to deal with because they are caused by overuse of pain relievers. This is another reason that consulting a physician is essential to eradicating headaches, because left without proper treatment, self-medicating headaches can lead to a vicious cycle of rebound headaches and result in prescription abuse. 

Dizzy Headaches 

Dizzinesscan be caused by several factors. One common cause is the onset of a migraine headache. Dizziness can also accompany headaches when there has been a head or neck injury, if you have been overexerting, especially in the heat, suffer from vertigo or have been exposed to hazardous chemicals or carbon monoxide.  Dizzy headaches are often a sign of a serious problem, so if you experience one, you should call your doctor right away.

Sinus Headaches

Sinus Headaches are most commonly caused by sinusitis either due to infection, or allergic irritation. Congestion of the sinuses can cause pressure around the eyes, nasal passages, face and forehead that may also be accompanied by throbbing. While there are some over-the-counter medications for sinus headaches, a physician would be able to determine if these are a good solution for you, as some of the symptoms of sinus headaches can actually be caused by migraine or tension headaches. 

Many people frequently have headaches for a multitude of reasons, but knowing what kind of headache you are experiencing is essential for proper treatment and eradication. If you find yourself treating headaches at home more than 2 or three times a week, you may be suffering from chronic headaches and you should make an appointment to be seen by a physician.

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